3rd Annual Converts’ Conference

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3rd Annual Converts’ Conference

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - May 5 @ 6:30 pm

$15 – $25

The Mecca Center’s 3rd Annual Converts’ Conference
hosted by the Convert Engagement Committee at the Mecca Center
Steadfast Believers: Facing Adversity with Faith

May 3-5, 2023

Together, we will examine a variety of scholarly and community perspectives on the history of maintaining
unwavering faith in the face of adversity and explore strategies all Muslims can employ today to stay on the

right path.

Friday, May 3 (Prayer Hall):
❖ 6:30-8pm: Community Night with Dr. Ahmed Arafat: Prophetic Examples of Resilience
➢ Lecture and Q&A
Saturday, May 4 (Banquet Hall)
❖ 1:30-2:00 pm: Opening: Registration, Welcome, and Community Engagement Activity
❖ 2:00-3:45pm
➢ Mike Swies: Current Challenges of the Convert Community in the Chicago Area and Beyond.
➢ Dr. Will Caldwell: Understanding our Challenges through the experience of the Companions.
➢ Q&A
➢ Practical Workshop: Active Reflection

❖ 4:00-5:45pm:
➢ Donna Neil-Demir: Responding to Islamophobia: Prophetic Strategies
➢ Hazel Gomez: Hardship as a Source of Strength
➢ Q&A
➢ Practical Workshop: Role-modeling Tactics, Table Discussions.
❖ 6pm: Asr Prayer
❖ 6:15-7:50pm:
➢ Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans: Resilience Building Strategies
➢ Panel discussion with the conference speakers (30min)
➢ Conference closing
❖ 7:59pm: Maghrib Prayer
❖ 8:15-9:30pm: Dinner
❖ 9:30pm: Isha Prayer
Sunday, May 5 (Banquet Hall)

6-7:30pm: ConverTsations: Conference Takeaways


May 3 @ 6:30 pm
May 5 @ 6:30 pm
$15 – $25


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